US News Ranks Evergreen Among ‘Best Colleges'

September 13, 2012

The Evergreen State College Noted Among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’ in 2013

Evergreen Recognized for Commitment to Student Success and for Learning Communities Approach, Achieves High Rankings Among Western Universities


  • The Evergreen State College was included in ‘America’s Best Colleges’
  • Evergreen ranked in the top tier, place 31, among Western Regional Universities, and ranked 5 among Top Public Regional Universities in the West.
  • Evergreen received accolades for its focus on student success, first year experience, and for its “learning community” approach.
  • America’s Best Colleges 2013 recognition is the latest in a series of strong showings for Evergreen in recent college rankings.

The Evergreen State College has been recognized among top colleges in the 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. The popular rankings, which include more than 1,600 schools nationwide, are available at and will be available in stores the Best Colleges 2013 guidebook, as of September 18.

Evergreen was categorized among the best universities with options for Masters Degrees in the Western Region, encompassing 15 western states. It ranked among the top tier western region universities at position 31 (of 121 top and second tier ranks in this category). It ranked fifth among public universities in the West.

Evergreen’s distinctive “learning communities” approach and “first year experience” were also highlighted by a peer assessment survey conducted by US News. First year experience is a measure of student to student and student to faculty interactions that help students acclimate to college life. The term, ‘learning community’ describes the practice of students learning different disciplines together in a group learning setting.

The U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be an influential research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Evergreen has also received prestigious accolades from the Princeton Review, Washington Monthly,, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Sierra Magazine, and GI Jobs, among others.